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"Worship is the response of the human spirit to the presence of the divine and eternal, to the God who first seeks us. The sense of wonder and awe of the finite before the infinite leads naturally to thanksgiving and adoration. 

Silent worship and the spoken word are both parts of Quaker ministry. The ministry of silence demands the faithful activity of every member in the meeting. As, together, we enter the depths of a living silence, the stillness of God, we find one another in 'the things that are eternal', upholding and strengthening one another."

Quaker Faith and Practice, 2.01, Fourth Edition.

Quaker meetings are unique. Many people, Quakers and non-Quakers, find it helpful to go to one regularly. For some, a weekly 'meeting for worship' becomes an essential part of their lives.

A meeting room is a plain room with chairs set out in a circle or square so that everybody can see each other. A Quaker meeting is a communal experience.

Silence is an important aspect of every Quaker meeting. It is an aid to the gradual build-up of a communal stillness. As the meeting deepens and the room becomes still, the participants may find themselves slowly enveloped in a shared sense of peace and unity.

There is often no set structure to our worship, no hymns or creeds. Sometimes one or two people may be moved to stand and speak, or to read from Quaker Faith and Practice, the Bible or other inspirational texts. Other times a meeting may be entirely silent.

No two Quaker meetings are alike, making them always diverse, always unplanned and never predictable. 

The meeting lasts about an hour. Afterwards, there is an opportunity to have refreshments and to meet others. We are always happy to share our experience of being Quakers and to answer any questions. 

(Adapted from "What is a Quaker Meeting" published by North West London Area Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain https://quakermeeting.org/north-west-london/)